After 6 month of blogging I decided that I want to continue doing it so I took one small step forward.
I purchased a new domain www.webnomena.com that is now redirected to my blog on WordPress hosting service. I changed the blog’s name from UsingIT to Webnomena (Web Phenomena) because I think that it is more consistent with my writings (you can guess that Webnomenon.com was taken). I will continue sharing my observations about what that I think is happening in the web world with the focus on search engines, monitoring tools and the blogsphere.
At this time in my life I don’t find the time yet to “decorate” my blog or taking care of the hosting myself. I love to do so and the limitation using WP hosting service are a real drag (no iFrame, no Flash) yet I prefer to spend my time exploring the web and blogging.
Few things that I learned in the past 6 month:
- About blogging:
- Blogging is learning – since I started I learned a ton about companies, products and technologies.
- Blogging is helping me at my work – when looking for a new “skin” for the web app I now expect nothing less than Web 2.0 look and feel (lots of Java Scripts). Netvibe is an inspiration.
- Blogging is fun – through this blog I had a chance to talk with people all over the world.
- I can’t blog from the air – I need to play, explore, interact, develop to come up with new posts.
- Treat comment like blog post! – The power of a good comment is amazing. A good comment stands out. I spend the same amount of time for writing a single comment as I do for writing blog post.
- I’m not an artist – I don’t write like some of the great bloggers/writer out there. I just hope that you will find the ideas and information on this blog usefully.
- About searching.
- We have plenty of new tools to find information – things that it took me long time to find, I later discovered more than once, were saved by lots of other people on del.icio.us. Some of the others you can find in this post I wrote recently: Is there a way around Google?
- The business world is not really here yet – I think that there is a need for monitoring tools and analytics showing where the right places to deliver your messages are. I think that there is a place for a tool that will help PR and Marketing. A tool that will constantly gather information that can turn into action (actionable). Internet Marketing is not just Web Analytics. I did not see a company/tool that mash it yet. I’m not aware of an enterprise that use a tool like this.
- About the web
- Empowerment is one of the keys to viral adoption – see blogging, wikis and comments, rating and annotation, twitter following model vs. friends request, Seesmic, Qik and video streaming from the phone to the web, API/Web services and mashups. Give people the power and they’ll use it!
- What is the very next things? – let’s see if 6 month is enough to ask these questions.
- Is it location aware social networks and search technologies? – the kick off is July 11th?
- Is it Video in addition to photos transmitted from the cell phone to the web? – I was actually never excited about taking pictures from my mobile phone (the rest of the world was). I’m very excited about shooting videos and transmitting them in real-time to the web. It is not cheap yet, work well only using Wi-Fi and not when using the network but same as with blogging it empowers every on of us to become a filed journalist. I think that we will see more Qik like web sites proliferating or integrating with existing social networks.
- Will Adobe Air take off? – this will help web developers to play on the desktop. I’m curios to know if accompanies with existing products considering this technology for a re-write.
Now it is your turn…
Things are going real-time. Social network, decentralize me, or semantic web are all great and we will see more of those coming but the most disruptive change that is already happening is that the web brings us all tougher in real-time. It allows us to read/write the web at any time from anywhere.
There are few catalyzers for this change. The first is the mobile technology including the devices, integrated GPS and the bandwidth, the second is that we are getting use to be always connected, and the third is all the good stuff that is happening on the web.
Now, I’m not talking about the future. I’m talking about the here, now and more just a little later.
Twitter made the connection between SMS and the web like no other tool before. There is nothing more real-time than Twitter. News, gossip, agenda, help, you name it.
BriteKite – Location-based social networking – in real-time.
What stopping us?
I think that the biggest obstacle for mass adoption, at this point, is the cost of the data plan. If that cost will go down we can all enjoy:
Read: mobile constant feeds aggregation getting location, timely, and profiled based information.
Write: sharing our current experience using text, audio and video.
So what will happen a little later?
- Creating real-time social events
- Getting recommendation as we approach a new location that are tailored to our profile
- Knowing who’s in the area (that could be annoying too – it requires some configuration about who you want to know that you are around).
- Car pooling
- Checking for bargains in the area (pool – not push)
- Possible: Instant check-out – just go through the door with the purchased items and check the bill(one at a time) – combination of RFID and the mobile device (beware if someone steal your phone).
- Mobile Peer-to-Peer – sharing the information among us off the server
Can you see more ways that WebRT can enrich your experience in real-time?
Update 5-12-08: I guess that I my timing was good:) RIM Introduced today the BlackBerry Bold Smartphone including GPS, Wi-Fi® support and Video camera.